Quotations From THOMAS MANN

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  • 51.
    Has the world ever been changed by anything save the thought and its magic vehicle the Word?
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Freud and the Future," originally published as "Freud und die Zukunft" in Imago, vol. 22, Vienna, Austria (1936). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 313, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957). Thomas Mann in his speech delivered in Vienna on Freud's 80th birthday.

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  • 52.
    It is a pregnant complex, gleaming up from the unconscious, of mother-fixation, sexual desire, and fear.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau" (Berlin) Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 203, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957). Thomas Mann's characterization of Wagner's musical world.

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  • 53.
    A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. The Magic Mountain, ch. 2, "At Tienappels'," (1924), trans. by H.T. Lowe-Porter (1928).

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  • 54.
    What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered, when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures, concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Fischer (1954). Felix Krull, in Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, bk. 2, ch. 4, p. 79, trans. by Denver Lindley, Vintage Books (1955).

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  • 55.
    He was all for catharsis and purification, he dreamed of an aesthetic consecration that should cleanse society of luxury, the greed of gold and all unloveliness.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau," Berlin, Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 199, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).

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  • 56.
    Psycho-analyses—how disgusting.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 1, p. 9, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). The author's and the protagonist Hans Castorp's early fear and ridicule of Freudian psychoanalysis.
  • 57.
    I, for one, have never in my life come across a perfectly healthy human being.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 1, p. 16, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Krokowski, the psychoanalyst of the Magic Mountain, expresses its universal credo.

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  • 58.
    He looked into his own grave.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 218, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp contemplating his x-rayed chest.
  • 59.
    It is a cruel atmosphere down there, cruel and ruthless.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 198, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp's characterization of the real world.
  • 60.
    My aversion from music rests on political grounds.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 113, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).

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